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If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (1968)

Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte (original title)
Crooked bankers plan an insurance swindle and hire a Mexican gang to steal the bank's gold but they also pay Lasky's gang to kill the Mexicans.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sartana (as John Garko)
Jeff Stewal (as Sidney Chaplin)
Gianni Rizzo ...
Jose Manuel Mendoza
Morgan (as Klaus Kinsky)
Andrea Scotti ...
Perdido (as Andrew Scott)
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Reverend Logan
Franco Pesce ...
Heidi Fischer ...
Gianfranco Parolini ...
Gambler (as J. Francis Littlewords)
Maria Pia Conte ...
Girl at the saloon (as Sabine (III)
Sergio Jossa ...
(as Serge Jossa)
Antonietta Fiorito


After a stagecoach is robbed and the passengers murdered, a long and tangled series of surprise attacks a murderous double-crosses leaves the coach's strongbox in the hands of the killer Lasky. It is up to the legendary hero Sartana to track down the missing money and determine just who is ultimately behind the grisly robberies and killings. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The gunman with the deadliest arsenal in the West




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Release Date:

14 August 1968 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Gunfighters Die Harder  »

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ITL 137,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the norwegian cover of vhs tape, not ist the name of the star, Gianni Garko, only the names of Kinsky, Berger and Sidney Chaplin. See more »


Large clouds of dust and hay billow in the street at the end of the film, yet the leaves on the tree in the foreground are perfectly still. The dust and hay are obviously being blown by large fans off camera rather than by actual wind. See more »


El moreno: You look just like a scarecrow.
Sartana: I am your pallbearer.
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Followed by Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (1970) See more »

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Cool Gianni Garko vs. hot William Berger and Fernando Sancho and ...
23 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel guilty liking this movie and re-watching it. There is no in-between here. Bad guys, which may mean merely being in a gang after the gold, do not get wounded and do not get away. They die, in large numbers. They are gleefully Gatling gunned down by Berger, doing the job for Garko as Sartana, or else Garko has his own odd-ball pistol and rifle do the job. He gives his foes a chance, sometimes outnumbered, and still he gets them. Dressed in black and using his gaze masterfully, Garko is completely cool. He's not as merciless or cruel looking as Clint Eastwood can be. There's a certain playfulness and smile in his mien.

It's all over gold, which was then the currency and the money. Everything else takes second place next to getting the gold. Human nature is reduced to the love of money.

Garko sees to it that no bandits and no thieves get that gold, and if they all die along the way, so what? He makes a kind of game out of it. We enjoy seeing them stumble and fall in various ways. We enjoy seeing Mr. Cool win. He's mysterious. He enforces a law and rightful ownership of the gold, or does he? It's not spelled out.

We shouldn't like a movie like this that reduces its characters to a one-dimensional striving, but the style of it entrances us. The wind blows quite frequently when Sartana is around, stirring up dust before his entrance. The music chimes in. The color scheme goes into an extreme, be it yellow, or red or purple. His meticulous costume is clean and extreme, black with red under the cape. Who is his tailor?

Everyone postures. Everyone, with the exception of that other cool dude Kinski, is "hot" and shows excess passion. The contrast with Sartana's coolness is evident. Everyone seems to be going wild, but he has a plan and confidence. He's unruffled. He's one step ahead. He orders his western universe. He's the man.

The movie is all feeling. This is not an intellectual story. It's all emotion and then hardly departing from a few basic emotions at that. Sartana in his own world seems part of it and above it at the same time.

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